U.N.’s Bachelet ‘Appalled’ at U.S. Treatment of Migrants and Refugees

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U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet is “appalled” at the conditions in which the United States is keeping detained migrants and refugees, including children, her office said in a statement on Monday.

“As a pediatrician, but also as a mother and a former head of state, I am deeply shocked that children are forced to sleep on the floor in overcrowded facilities, without access to adequate healthcare or food, and with poor sanitation conditions,” the statement quoted Bachelet as saying.

U.S. President Donald Trump has made a hardline immigration stance a key issue of his presidency and 2020 re-election bid.

Democratic lawmakers and civil rights activists who have visited migrant detention centers along the U.S.-Mexican border have described nightmarish conditions marked by overcrowding and inadequate access to food, water and other basic needs.

Last week the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general published photos of migrant-holding centers in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley crammed with twice as many people as they were meant to hold.

“In most of these cases, the migrants and refugees have embarked on perilous journeys with their children in search of protection and dignity and away from violence and hunger,” Bachelet said.

“When they finally believe they have arrived in safety, they may find themselves separated from their loved ones and locked in undignified conditions. This should never happen anywhere.”

Deprivation of liberty of adults should be a measure of last resort, and should be for the shortest period possible with legal safeguards and in conditions meeting international human rights standards, she said.

Detaining a child for even short periods under good conditions could have a serious impact on their health and development, she added.

“Border management… should not be based on narrow policies aimed only at detecting, detaining and expeditiously deporting irregular migrants,” she said.

(Reporting by Tom Miles; editing by Stephanie Nebehay and Raissa Kasolowsky)

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Rocky
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Michelle Bachelet is a UN Globalist. The UN is the right hand of the NWO, that GHW Bush announced several years back. The NWO plans on using Islam to control the entire population of the world. President Trump would not sign the UN Mass Migration Pact. The Obamanation imported a lot of Somalia refugees. Killary Clinton was going to continue populating the US with Islamic hardliners, but she got her @$$ beat. So the NWO does the next best thing and goes to organizing mass migration from Central and South America to overwhelm CBP and make way for the African… Read more »

Rocky
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Michelle Bachelet is another Globalist that’s pissed off because President Trump wouldn’t sign the UN’s Mass Migration Pact and by importing hundreds of thousands of Islamic Sharia law hardliners, sovereign nations are destabilized.

The UN is ran, primarily, by Islamist, and they’re trying to make it a crime to criticize Mass Migration. The NWO, that GHW Bush introduced, plans on using Islam to control the world, but first they need to spread Islam to every continent.

Yeah, Michelle Bachelet and the UN can kick rock. 😂🤣

Otis
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Let the whiney U.N. DO SOMETHING about the situations which are causing people to invade the United States. They won’t because the U.N. is a weak group of self-centered phonies who blame us for everything.

Screwtape
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The UN is an ungrateful guest. It’s to be hoped that the administration seriously reviews our contributions to it and considers further reductions, maybe even back charges for rent, services, etc.

Screwtape
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The UN might be able to rebuke US policies when:
1. it starts improving conditions in the home countries so people don’t have to leave.
2. it starts running refugee camps of its own for them AND not on US soil.
3. it recognizes the sovereign right of the US to enforce its own laws.
4. it first does something about how other countries treat their own uninvited and unwanted.

Ms. Michelet already has a full-plate and should steer her critiques where they are most applicable.

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